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Olympus E-PL3
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Olympus E-PL3 Digital Camera

MILC 12.3MP 3x May 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
- Metal body- Extreme fast high-speed contrast AF- Lightweight and compact size for high portability- Newly developed 12.3 MP high speed Live MOS sensor with wide dynamic range- 7,6cm/3" tiltable... More
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16 Reasons For

Olympus Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Olympus is one of the better rated camera manufacturers according to average reviews from experts and owners, and Olympus also has good reviews for its MILC cameras.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Olympus E-PL3 supports Full HD video. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the E-PL3 also support Full HD video.

Alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might also want to look at include the Sony NEX-7 ($883.13), or the Samsung 20 ($75.97) which has better reviews.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

Similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the E-PL3 have digital zooms of between 2x and 150x, and the average digital zoom is 10x. The Olympus E-PL3 has one of the bigger digital zooms (14 times zoom factor) amongst digital cameras of this age.

There are a number of alternative 14x digital zoom digital cameras currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + M.ZUIKO ED 45mm.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and type. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 ($533.99), or the Samsung NX300M.

If the memory card type of this camera is too bad for you then you might want to look at the Sony ILCE-7 ($1,099.99) (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The Olympus E-PL3 has a greater number of supported image formats than most MILC cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the E-PL3. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Stereo Audio System

This camera has a Stereo audio system, which is typical of many MILC cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The Olympus E-PL3 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. The most commonly found HDMI connector type is Mini, but this HDMI connector type is not found on this Olympus digital camera. The HDMI connector types Micro are also found on this camera.

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±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The Olympus E-PL3 has a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than most cameras of this spec and age. Most MILC cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it have a ±2EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction. This digital camera also have a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3 and 1 EV step) flash exposure correction. The best flash exposure correction of all cameras that came out more than two years ago is ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) and the worst is ±1EV (1/3 EV step).

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Has Seven White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Olympus E-PL3 is more than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on cameras of this age and spec. The white balances "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade", "Sunny" and "Tungsten" are also found on this digital camera.

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Has Two Image Editings

The number of image editing modes found on the Olympus E-PL3 is more than most MILC cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This Olympus digital camera has a Rotating image editing, which is the most commonly found image editing found on similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the E-PL3. The image editing "Trimming" is also found on this camera.

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Supports Seven ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Olympus E-PL3 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This camera supports a 200 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the E-PL3. The ISO sensitivitys "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400" and "12800" are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Features Three Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Olympus E-PL3 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most MILC cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the E-PL3. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Single Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the Olympus E-PL3 is more than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This digital camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the E-PL3.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the Olympus E-PL3 is more than most MILC cameras that are a similar age to it. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this Olympus camera. The audio formats supporteds PCM are also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Olympus E-PL3 does not have a built-in flash, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec which have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other cameras which also have a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Pentax K-01 ($518.92), or the Nikon 1 J4 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to the E-PL3, the Olympus E-PL3 does not support wi-Fi.

We compared all the other cameras which also support wi-Fi to this digital camera and we think the Sony Alpha A5100L which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Olympus E-PL3 does not support video capability. Most of the other MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the E-PL3 also do not support video capability.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support video capability including the Pentax K-01 ($518.92) which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other cameras of this spec and age, the Olympus E-PL3 is not 3D.

Digital cameras which are 3D that might be worth looking at include the Sony NEX-7 ($883.13), or the Samsung 20 ($75.97) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other cameras of this spec and age, the Olympus E-PL3 does not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the 20 ($75.97), or the NX1100 both from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Olympus E-PL3 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the E-PL3 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus E-PL3 does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as the E-PL3 also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Quite Low Megapixel

The lowest megapixel of digital cameras of a similar age and type to the E-PL3 is 2.3MP, the highest is 46MP, and the average megapixel is 18MP. With a megapixel of only 12.3 megapixels, the Olympus E-PL3 has one of the lower megapixels amongst MILC cameras of this age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 12.3MP cameras currently available including the Olympus PEN E-PM1 which has better reviews.

If this Olympus camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might also want to look at the Nikon 1 S2 (14.2MP), the Olympus OM-D E-M10 (16.1MP), or the Leica T ($1,281.99) (16.3MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Only 1024 X 768 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Olympus E-PL3 has a higher still image resolution than most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera has a 1024 x 768 still image resolution(s), whereas most similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). This Olympus camera also have a still image resolution(s) of 4032 x 3024 and 2560 x 1920.

A 1024 x 768 still image resolution(s) is in fact the worst still image resolution amongst all similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

A 6000 x 4000 still image resolution(s) is the best still image resolution across similar types of digital camera.

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Only Features Six Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Olympus E-PL3 is more than most cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This Olympus digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the E-PL3. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction", "Second curtain synchro" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Has Three Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Olympus E-PL3 is more than most digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera has a Vivid photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the E-PL3. The photo effectss "Muted" and "Neutral" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixels

With a total megapixels of only 13.1 megapixels, the Olympus E-PL3 has one of the less total megapixelss amongst similar spec cameras of this age. Across all the cameras of a similar type and age to the E-PL3 the total megapixelss range from 12MP to 48MP, and the average total megapixels is 19MP.

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Only 4032 X 3024 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Olympus E-PL3 has a 4032 x 3024 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. Most MILC cameras that are a similar age to it have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all MILC cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the E-PL3 the worst image resolution is 4000 x 3000 pixels and the best is 6000 x 4000 pixels.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Olympus E-PL3

Released Over Four Years Ago

Olympus released the E-PL3 over four years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Olympus E-PL3 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 3" screen cameras currently available including the Sony Alpha A6000 ($548.00), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 ($299.95) which has better reviews.

If this camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might also want to consider the Leica T ($1,281.99) (3.7") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The Olympus E-PL3 has a pretty standard weight (265 grams) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the E-PL3.

Alternative cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Olympus PEN E-PM2 (269g).

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Location
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Lens Mount Interface
Number of Aspheric Elements
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Mounting Type
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Guide Number
Flash Sync-Speed
External Flash Connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
Shoe Mounting Point
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Audio System
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Magnification
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Histogram
Image Quality Adjustment
Image Editing
Camera File System
Live View
Tripod Mountable
Multi Burst Mode
Camera Playback
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Built-In Processor
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap

Expert Reviews

13 December 2014

Unsere Kamera-Tests bieten zwar Orientierung bei der Auswahl der richtigen Kamera. Doch am Ende entscheidet der User selbst, welches Modell es für ihn sein soll. Welche Digicams derzeit besonders... Read more…

Vibrant image quality
Good handling of auto exposure
Decent low-light performance
Good starter option
Tilting LCD screen aids visibility
Physical controls not great
Focusing sometimes inaccurate
Wobbly video results
Integral flash and handgrip have been removed
Plastic clip-on flash and kit lens

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Product Identifiers

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Barcodes 00050332180376, 00050332180390, 00050332180406, 04545350037543, 04545350037550, 04545350037567, 07332779109312
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